CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are finishing the 2021 portion of the project. A crew from Michels Corporation finished replacing the project’s natural gas mains.
A crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will put down winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. The hard surfaces will have temporary asphalt, including those that were previously concrete. In spring 2022, the crews will restore them to their original condition. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.
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Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the project’s natural gas mains along Gettysburg Avenue N. from 62nd to 60th Avenues N.; 61st ½ Avenue N.; 61st Circle N.; Hillsboro Avenue N. from Gettysburg to 60th Avenues N.; and Allan Circle.
They are continuing to replace the main along Gettysburg Avenue N. south of 60th Avenue N. and began replacing the mains on Independence Avenue N. and 59th Avenue N.
On Monday, November 29, a crew will begin replacing the natural gas main at 62nd Avenue N. and Gettysburg Avenue, working south. The sidewalk will be closed in the southwestern corner of this intersection. Parking will be restricted on both sides of Gettysburg Avenue between 62nd and 61st ½ Avenues N. Flaggers may be on site helping direct traffic.
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
Occurring this November and December, pausing in winter, and resuming in spring and summer 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in New Hope along the following streets: Gettysburg Avenue N. from 62nd Avenue N. to International Parkway; 61st Circle N., Allen Circle, Hillsboro Circle, and Gettysburg Circle; Hillsboro Avenue N. from 61st Circle N. to 59th Avenue N.; 60th Avenue N. from Hillsboro to Ensign Avenues N.; Independence Avenue N. from 5968 to 59th Avenue N.; and 59th Avenue N. from 5849 to Gettysburg Avenue N.
While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
This November and December, Michels Corporation will replace the gas mains. In spring, they will return to connect the service lines to the new mains. In areas of active construction, parking, lane, and sidewalk closures may occur.
This season, Q3 Contracting will put down winter erosion control on the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. The hard surfaces will have temporary asphalt, including those that were previously concrete. In spring 2022, the crews will restore them to their original condition. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?
The construction crews and personnel will continue to use the Covid-19 Customer Permission Flyer, which requests customer permission prior to entering homes. Personnel, contractors and CenterPoint Energy employees will continue to practice CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitary practices and wearing face masks when entering customer homes.
What if I have an inside gas meter?
The customer will receive a CenterPoint Energy postcard in the mail typically within one or two weeks prior to the day when the Michels Corporation crews will perform the work. The crews will have CenterPoint Energy-authorized photo IDs stating that they are employees of Michels Corporation.
After the customer receives the postcard, the foreman will arrive at the customer’s house to schedule an appointment that typically meets with the customer’s schedule. If the customer isn’t home when they arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.
Customers are advised to set aside a two- to four-hour time frame for the inside-to-outside gas meter move. They are also advised to mark their privately-installed utilities such as dog fences or sprinklers. Marking can be accomplished with tools such as spray paint or utility flags. The foreman will access the natural gas meter inside the house, move the meter outside, and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated.
Customers with outside meters will be notified prior to the replacement or connection of the service lines to the new mains. Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition.
What should I expect during permanent soft surface restoration in 2022?
On the soft surfaces such as boulevards and lawns, various erosion control measures keep the restored area moist, hold seed in the soil, and enhance seed germination. If an erosion blanket is needed it is secured in place with staples. The mesh is a wood fiber that will completely degrade. Prior to mowing the restored area, remove any loose staples that secured the blanket.